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  • Paperback: 512 pages
  • Publisher: Hodder Paperbacks (10 Jan. 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0340960388
  • ISBN-13: 978-0340960387
  • Product Dimensions: 13 x 3.3 x 19.7 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (291 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,514 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Fascinating read . . . not only is THE SHIP OF BRIDES utterly compelling, it's educational. In a good way. (Heat)

Wonderfully romantic and moving. (Daily Mail)

THE SHIP OF BRIDES is a wonderful read: a tale of fate and destiny that remains utterly unsentimental. (Sunday Express)

A scintillating novel of friendship, family and love (Woman & Home)

Gloriously entertaining (Mirror)

Another tour de force . . . [stays] in the mind long after you turn the final page (Daily Express)

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Shortlisted for the 2005 RNA Novel of the Year award, a moving and gorgeously-written book from Jojo Moyes, based on a true story.

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95 of 99 people found the following review helpful By M. Todd on 3 April 2006
Format: Paperback
The book follows the story of four Australian brides on a ship sailing them to England to their new husbands. The book begins by describing briefly their wait to get onto a ship and follows them on their six week journey untill they meet their husbands.
The story gradually revealed more about the brides stories and really built up the mystery in the book.
The first chapter drags a little but after that the real story really gets going and its impossible to put down. Full of interesting, engaging and beleivable characters and a plot full of twists. Themes of love, betrayal, loss and friendship make the book identifiable to all readers. At stages makes you laugh out loud and at others it makes you cry. The author has clearly done her research into this real life journey and her writing shows she really knows what she's talking about. Very well written!
A great ending, with all the loose ends tied up make the book perfectly finished.
A fantastic read that keeps you entertained and gripped from the beginning! You must read this book!
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30 of 31 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on 9 Oct. 2006
Format: Paperback
Having read all of Jojo's other books, I bought this without reading the back cover. I was due to emigrate and had enjoyed her other books so I just picked it up on a 3 for 2 offer. I was not too happy when I read realised the subject. The first chapter was slow, and feeling that I was on 'book rationing', I read other books that I had brought first. How wrong I was, this is a brilliant story wrapped around an era that is not very long ago but seems like an eternity. This has opened my eyes to a time when my recently departed grandparents were alive. I will definately be looking to find out more about these ships and brides. Wonderful, captivating read.
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24 of 25 people found the following review helpful By Laura C on 25 Jan. 2009
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This book is absolutely fascinating and I read it far more quickly than any book I've read for a long time. I just couldn't put it down.

It is the story of over 600 war brides who were transported from Australian to Plymouth, England in 1946 on a huge naval aircraft carrier, HMS Victoria, to be reunited with their British husbands. Although the characters are entirely fictitious, it is based on and mirrors the true journey of HMS Victorious at that time. The author has done her research extremely well, her own grandmother having made the journey on HMS Victorious over 60 years ago. Each chapter begins with a true quotation from a publication at that time, and these quotations are incorporated into her story. I became so absorbed, I found myself researching the true story of HMS Victorious on the internet.

The story focuses on four women who share a cabin on the ship, all with very different personalities and backgrounds, and the bond they form. It tells of their hopes and fears, bearing in mind they know very little of the country they are going too or, indeed, the husbands they have known for only a very short time. It also outlines the difficulties of a naval ship full of sailors, very much a male domain, suddenly being presented with a cargo of excitable young women!

The only aspect I found puzzling was the fact that the ship limped home to Plymouth on what was to be her final journey, badly damaged and with only one engine, only to turn up at a breakers yard in India many years later. How did they get her there? In fact, HMS Victorious ended her days at a breakers yard just outside Glasgow.
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35 of 37 people found the following review helpful By eclectic reader on 2 May 2006
Format: Paperback
This book was a revelation! I found the difference between how attitudes have changed in the last 60 years absolutely fascinating. The story was something about which I had had no previous knowledge.

Basically it tells the story of "brides" from Australia going across the world to join their British Husbands, post WW II. Many of these women had only spent a very short time with their now husbands and had no inkling of the lives they would be leading in post war Britain. They were leaving behind everything that was familiar and would be leaving all their families on the other side of the world.

One also has to consider those that received the telegram that told them to return home as they were no longer wanted! And those that realised they had been deceived, and the stigmas that they would then have to endure. It certainly shows how the culture of women always being the ones that carried the shame has changed.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By denby fan on 21 Mar. 2006
Format: Paperback
What an emotional and exciting read, I could not put this book down, from the images of the brides to the vision of the ship and the vast oceans, it was trully overwhelming. I loved the different characters and their personal passage on route to their new lives in the UK. The delightful images of these beautiful girls and brave sailors,the tensions aboard ship with all those male and female hormones, it was a wonderful read.....try it! you won't be dissapointed!
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By SJSmith TOP 1000 REVIEWER on 7 Oct. 2007
Format: Paperback
A slow start that picked up after a few chapters. It dipped again towards the end but overall a good book that was easy to read. Many characters to become involved with. I wasn't quite as interested in the sailors as I was the brides but they were just as big a part of the story so necessary. The prologue felt wasted but is needed in some respects to link in with the epilogue.

The author acknowledges her sources at the start but I wouldn't know what was historically accurate and what wasn't. An interesting mix of female characters with some unlikely heroines. And as the blurb says "sometimes the journey is more important than the destination".
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